The G-Technology ArmorLock SSD is likely to catch the eye of anyone looking for one of the best SSDs or the best external hard drives at the moment: it wraps 2TB of super-fast solid-state drive storage in a chunky protective shell to guard against damage and drops.
Not only that, but it comes with an accompanying mobile app for Android and iOS that lets you manage access to the drive, erase its contents, and more besides. It’s the perfect choice if you want to minimise the chances of anyone else getting hold of your files.
This is also a strong contender for one of the best external drives for Mac at the moment, showing just how impressive and versatile it is. Read on and we’ll explain everything you need to know about this portable SSD, from the setup process to the transfer speeds.
G-Technology ArmorLock SSD review: design and setup
As soon as you unbox the G-Technology ArmorLock SSD, you can tell this is a portable USB drive with a little extra something about it: it’s clad in thick plastic, and has the appearance of a professional drive you might see in the office of an important government intelligence agency. At 134.37 mm x 81.53 mm x 18.54 mm (5.29 inches x 3.21 inches x 0.73 inches), it won’t fit in your pocket, though you can easily hold it in one hand. We don’t have an official weight, but it feels nice and light in the hand.
All that extra cladding comes with benefits. The drive is able to survive drops of up to 3 metres (nearly 10 feet) on to a “carpeted concrete floor” should it fall out of your bag or off the edge of a table, while it also comes with IP67 dust and water resistance (so it can survive in a reasonably shallow pool of water for up to 30 minutes). It also comes with 1,000-pound crush resistance, apparently, so you’re covered for most accidental mishaps.
You’re not going to have any problems setting up the G-Technology ArmorLock SSD: just plug it into a Windows or a Mac computer to get started. You get both USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables included with the drive – albeit rather short ones – so you can…